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Prison Heritage, Public History and Archeology at Fannie Bay Gaol, Northern Australia

Dewar, Michelle S. and Fredericksen, Clayton F. (2003). Prison Heritage, Public History and Archeology at Fannie Bay Gaol, Northern Australia. International Journal of Heritage Studies,9(1):45-63.

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Title Prison Heritage, Public History and Archeology at Fannie Bay Gaol, Northern Australia
Author Dewar, Michelle S.
Fredericksen, Clayton F.
Journal Name International Journal of Heritage Studies
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1352-7258   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 45
End Page 63
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge - Taylor & Francis
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Prisons play an important role in the Australian psyche. As places in which the lawless element of society is incarcerated they possess a resonance that harks back to the stereotyped and mythologised convict foundations of the Australian nation. Many former places of confinement have been transformed into publicly accessible heritage sites and museums, but visitor numbers often do not reflect the widespread public interest in confinement. It is not at all clear how to engage the public with the individual histories of these places. This paper examines this issue by reference to the public display of Fannie Bay Gaol prison museum in Darwin. Changing themes and foci in the display of this site are discussed. The role of the historian and archaeologist is examined in the context of the public presentation of narratives of the Gaol's past.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1352725022000056622   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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